Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions as police officers, police reserve officers, police assistants and community service officers in  police and sheriffs departments and for positions in private security, as well as preparation for careers in probation, parole and federal law enforcement agencies.

Emphasis is on critical thinking, oral communication skills and writing skills essential to today’s law enforcement employees. Students are kept informed of changes in law enforcement such as community policing, laws of arrest, search and seizure and updates to the State penal code. Role-playing and Moot Court participation are included to enhance oral communication skills and preparation of written reports. Training is also provided in the area of crime analysis and use of computer technology in law enforcement.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Identify the education stages to successfully enter a law enforcement Academy consisting of academics, physical training, firearms, Code of Ethics requirements for the law enforcement officer as a professional.
  2. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the law enforcement profession consisting of the role of the police, the courts and corrections.
  3. Explain an understanding of the role of the community in a partnership with law enforcement including interpersonal skills of effective written and oral communications plus critical thinking required of a law enforcement officer (i.e., community policing).
  4. Outline and discuss the moral/legal aspects of the use of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents, Laws of Evidence, the preparation of Search and Arrest Warrants and the collection of physical evidence at a crime scene.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 37

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • AJ 010 - Introduction to the Administration of Justice (3)
  • AJ 012 - Concepts of Criminal Law (3)
  • ENGL 100 - Reading and Writing Skills (4) 
    or ENGL 001A - Reading and Composition (4)

Semester II

  • AJ 014 - Legal Aspects of Evidence (3)
  • AJ 016 - Principles of Procedures of the Justice System (3)
  • AJ 185 - Homeland Security (3)
  • KINA 037 - Police-Fire Agility Training (1)

Semester III

  • AJ 018 -  Community Relations (3)
  • AJ 019 - Principles of Investigation (3)
  • SPCH 001 - Fundamentals of Speech (3) 
    or
     SPCH 010 - Interpersonal Communication (3)

Semester IV

  • AJ 022 - Concepts of Enforcement Services (3)
  • AJ 128 - Use of Force (1)
  • AJ 130 - Firearms (1)
  • AJ 190 - Introduction to Forensics (3)


Recommended electives:

  • AJ 122 - Field Practice in Administration of Justice (2)
  • FIRE 110 - Introduction to Fire Technology (3)

Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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